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The Ultimate Summer Kilkenny Picnic Guide

Time to pack the picnic basket and get the kids dining ‘Al Fresco’. Kilkenny has no shortage of perfect picnic spots to spread a rug for the perfect feast. Whether it’s a waterfall, woods, a discovery park or manicured garden setting you’re after, we have recommended our top locations!

Kilkenny Castle Parklands

Kilkenny Castle Parklands comprises of an incredible 21 hectares of land providing the ideal spot for a picnic no matter how big the family are!!  The park also has woodland walks & a superb children’s playground with swings, slides, bridges and benches for adults too and is open until 8.30pm during the summer.

Kilkenny Castle Park also provides the ideal spot for kite-flying with its open spaces.

For more information visit  Kilkenny Castle

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Untouched for 200 years, Kilfane Glen & Waterfall  is a picturesque paradise consisting of 15 acres of natural landscape with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné.

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall is open to the public daily from 11am to 6pm from July 1st to August 31st. An admission fee to the garden of €7 per person to keep the garden maintained. Reductions are available for students, OAPs and families.

For more information visit Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

Castlecomer Discovery Park

If you want an action packed day out followed by a picnic surrounded by woodlands, then this is the perfect location!  Castlecomer Discovery Park is an 80-acre activity park featuring a wide range of exhilarating activities for all ages, from the challenging tree-top walk high above the woodland forest, Ireland’s longest zip line to Mountain Biking & Axe Throwing.

For the younger children, there’s a playground, an elf and fairy village, a giant bouncing net and a Junior Woodland Adventure Course where children navigate a series of low-risk challenges, balancing and steering their way through the obstacles.

Throughout the park there are lots of picnic tables to sit back and relax after a morning of fun activities.

For more information visit Castlecomer Discovery Park

Woodstock Gardens & Aboretum

The stunning Woodstock Gardens are located in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer visitors a wide variety of attractions and are a relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day with a picnic!

There are picnic tables around the gardens, a playground and an orienteering course for the more adventurous families.  There is a €4 admission fee per car, payable on exit.

For more information visit Woodstock Gardens

Cakeface Patisserie

If you are staying in Kilkenny for your holidays and don’t have the facilities to make your own picnic Cakeface Patisserie offer a gourmet al-fresco dining experience where you can order and collect a Cakeface picnic box and take it to one of Kilkenny’s best picnic spots.